FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday waded into the family affairs of popular musician, Dickson Chingaira, popularly known as Cde Chinx, declaring that his second wife does not deserve to be accommodated in a house donated to the family by organisers of the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima).
Speaking at the handover of the house in Sentosa, Harare, Grace declared that the property belonged to Cde Chinx’s first wife, Patricia.
She said the second wife, Ntombizodwa, should be happy with what she has now, as she was responsible for the polygamous situation in the family. “I don’t want to turn my back and leave things in disarray,” she said, describing herself as a judge.
Ntombizodwa, who was sitting on Cde Chinx’s left side in the front row, remained stoned-faced as Grace delivered her “verdict”. “We don’t want to leave this place to hear that people stabbed each other, we don’t want to hear that. Do you agree with me?” she asked people who had attended the function.
“Ntombizodwa, you are junior and you should accept the situation that you created. You created that situation for yourself and if you didn’t like it, you must have objected. This house will be left for Patricia.”
But the veteran musician was not amused by the decision, and took Grace to task, asking if she was going to organise something for his junior wife. In response, Grace threw the ball back to Zima chairman Joseph Nyadzayo to solve the matter and satisfy all. The otherwise colourful function turned sombre for some, including Cde Chinx’s second wife, while the elder wife’s supporters were engulfed in mirth.
First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe yesterday said authorities responsible for land allocation in urban areas must be held accountable for their cruelty of watching people erect houses on illegal land without stopping them, only to pitch up to demolish the completed structures.
She said it was disheartening that those in charge of land allocation chose to turn a blind eye when people build houses on the illegal land. Amai Mugabe made the remarks while handing over a house built by Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) to revolutionary musician Dickson “Cde Chinx” Chingaira in Harare.
“There are questions we are asking and we want answers,” she said. “Someone must answer these questions out there, kuti ndiani akambopa land iyoyo, ndiani akasainira, who was the councillor during that particular time, how did it go?
“We want to get the real story, not only the chorus that people built on undesignated land. I saw this happening and you all saw it. Inga huku nembudzi dzedu topfigira wani, what about a person?”
Local authorities, together with the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Ministry are responsible for urban land.
Amai Mugabe went on: “You see someone building his or her house from the foundation level to window and roof level until completion, then when they are about to move in, someone comes and says it’s an illegal structure.
The First Lady said due diligence was needed before demolitions, with culprits being brought to book.
Veteran musician Cde Dickson Chingaira, popularly known as “Cde Chinx”, can now move into the house that the Zimbabwe Music Awards built for him. The four-bedroomed house in Mabelreign, Harare, was handed over to the Chingaira family yesterday at a colourful ceremony presided over by First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe. And Cde Chinx, who is battling cancer, made it to the event, albeit in a wheelchair.
It was a day of joy mixed with tears, which came 24 hours after the musician was discharged from hospital. The house — which has two master bedrooms — has got everything that befits a modern house; fully painted, ceiling, tiles, cabinet fittings, lawn and pavements.
The event was graced by Government officials, musicians and businesspersons, with entertainment being provided by the Police Band, a group that has a long working relationship with Cde Chinx.
Cde Chinx, seating in between his two wives, Patricia and Ntombizodwa, shed tears throughout the event. Zima, under the stewardship of its chairperson Joseph Nyadzayo, took about three years to complete the house.Cde Chinx was given the Lifetime Achievement award by Zima in 2014.
The award is meant to honour living legends who have made it in the music industry. Dr Mugabe hailed Cde Chinx for his role in the liberation struggle and after independence.
“We have a tendency of wanting to celebrate people when they are departed, but today we are celebrating what Cde Chinx has done for us through music whilst he is still with us,” she said.
“He went to war getting guidance from leaders like President Mugabe and it might be that Cde Chinx’s clothes were poisoned (by the Ian Smith regime) during the war, hence his being in a wheel chair today.
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